Japan takes 2 billionth tonne of Rio iron ore

RIO Tinto has waved off the 2 billionth tonne of iron ore to Japan from Cape Lambert in Western Australia’s Pilbara, 55 years after its first shipment left WA for Japan on the MV Houn Maru, in August 1966.

Japan takes 2 billionth tonne of Rio iron ore Japan takes 2 billionth tonne of Rio iron ore Japan takes 2 billionth tonne of Rio iron ore Japan takes 2 billionth tonne of Rio iron ore Japan takes 2 billionth tonne of Rio iron ore

Historical image of the MV Houn Maru laden with Rio's first shipment, in August 1966.

The miner has traded with Japan since the 1920s, with shipments of borates followed by aluminium and titanium slag in the '30s and '50s.